COASTGUARD ROUND UP: Kitesurfer rescue and a mystery solved

Dorset Echo: Woman survives fall from 40ft Kilve cliff

8:41am Thursday 17th April 2014

COASTGUARDS assist a kitesurfer, people cut off by the tide and a mystery is solved.

Can you help identify these football teams from the 1980s?

Dorset Echo: ATTACK: The under-12s Rembrandt Hotel team

4:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THANKS must go to reader Sandy Hodge who sent in these two football photos from the 1980s.

Dewlish Monsters skittles team bowl out competition

Dorset Echo: TRIUMPH: Dewlish Monsters

4:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

HERE'S a triumphant picture of the Dewlish Monsters skittles team at the Dorchester and District presentation evening in 1998.

Navy wife's biography looks back at her time in Weymouth and Portland

Dorset Echo: BIG DAY: Mary and Peter are married

4:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NAVY wife has written her autobiography remembering her time in Weymouth and Portland.

Fond memories of Terras legend Jeff Astle

Dorset Echo: DANGER OF FOOTBALL: Jeff Astle died of degenerative brain disease in 2002

4:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FOLLOWING the article about Terras star Jeff Astle (Looking Back, February 18), reader Mr Selby contacted us with his memories of the great footballer.

Weymouth football teams of the 1980s

Dorset Echo: Under-12s Rembrandt Hotel team

2:20pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THANKS must go to reader Sandy Hodge who sent in these two football photos from the 1980s.

On the ball with memories of Jeff Astle

Dorset Echo: GREAT PLAYER: Jeff Astle

2:17pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FOLLOWING the article about Terras star Jeff Astle (Looking Back, February 18), reader Mr Selby contacted us with his memories of the great footballer.

Stormy Preston from 30 years ago

Dorset Echo: Stormy Preston from 30 years ago

3:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THANKS to reader Ron Harris who sent in this quartet of storm pictures taken in the early 1980s.

Glory of Greenhill Gardens

Dorset Echo: Glory of Greenhill Gardens

3:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

JILL Crocker sent us the lovely postcard, above, of Weymouth’s Greenhill Gardens. It pre-dates the First World War and the reverse side is filled with rather poignant writing that is still just about decipherable.

Pictures from the past

Dorset Echo: The seafront in 1918

3:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WE thought that these photos of old Weymouth are so lovely they deserve a wider audience.

Glory days of the heyday of cinema

Dorset Echo: A film brochure of Far From The Madding Crowd, starring Julie Christie and Terence Stamp

3:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

FILM buff Michael Lee has been in touch to tell us about the glory days when Weymouth and Portland could boast three cinemas.

Developers take next step in wind farm process

Dorset Echo: MOVING FORWARD: Portland Port is a potential site

5:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

DEVELOPERS have taken the next step in the process that could see a new wind farm off the coast of Dorset.

Can you help Pauline trace her ancestors from Dorset?

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

1:00pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

CAN ANY of our readers help Pauline de Cardonnel Hoare from South Africa in her quest to track down family ancestors from Dorset?

Islanders storm to victory

Dorset Echo: Islanders storm to victory

1:00pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

PETER Meech has contacted us with this photograph of The Islanders’ under-17 Team from Portland.

Billy and his badger bring back memories for his sons, Charles and James

Dorset Echo: LIFE AND SOUL: Billy Mayo,  right, and friends larking about  at the Crown Hotel, Blandford, before the Second World War

1:00pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

THE picture of Billy Mayo and his badger that appeared in Looking Back on February 18 brought a wonderful response from two of his sons, Charles and James.

Old photographs go on display to show Bere Regis in bygone times

Dorset Echo: FILL HER UP: The Esso Filling station and the lady petrol attendants

1:00pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

A DISPLAY of old photographs showing Bere Regis in bygone times will be on show at a coffee morning and table-top sale to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society on March 22 between 10am and noon.

Looking back in time as Weymouth fire station is demolished

Dorset Echo: GOING TO BLAZES: The fire station is constructed in the late 1930s

1:00pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

THIS week Looking Back reader and contributor Geoffrey Pritchard looks back at the history of the recently demolished Weymouth fire station, where his father Ronald Pritchard served as the fire-brigade administrative officer in Dorset from 1948 until he retired 23 years later

Tony Benn at Winfrith

Dorset Echo: Jessie Fry with a pipe-smoking Tony Benn at Winfrith in 1969

11:03am Tuesday 18th March 2014

FOLLOWING the death of Tony Benn last Friday, March 14, Looking Back reader Peter Fry contacted us with a series of photographs from his past.

Story of Weymouth fire station

Dorset Echo: The fire station is constructed in the late 1930s

10:54am Tuesday 18th March 2014

THIS week Looking Back reader and contributor Geoffrey Pritchard looks back at the history of the recently demolished Weymouth fire station, where his father Ronald Pritchard served as the fire-brigade administrative officer in Dorset from 1948 until he retired 23 years later

Island in eye of the storm

Dorset Echo: DESTRUCTION: Floods and damage in Chiswell, Portland caused by a storm in February 1978

3:00pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

FOLLOWING David Groves’ memories of the Great Storm of ‘76 (Looking Back, February 18) we were contacted by fellow Portland resident Jack White who can also remember that cataclysmic day.

Brownies always ahead of the pack

Dorset Echo: Preston Brownies and Guides present a Christmas show at Chalbury Lodge in the mid 1970s

3:00pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

THE recent pictures we published of Rosebuds – as the Brownies used to be called – and Guides brought in a wonderful response from many people.

A fond farewell to golden age of steam

Dorset Echo: LAST JOURNEY: Andrew Britton with his book Waterloo to Weymouth

4:00pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

IN the summer of 1967, Dorset said goodbye to the era of the steam train.

Police partnership to tackle organised crime

Dorset Echo: Dorset Police logo

9:13am Wednesday 26th February 2014

DORSET Police officers vowing to tackle organised crime with a new partnership.

Children's chance to dance

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

1:00pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

A creative dance class for children takes place every Tuesday at St Mary’s Church Hall, Bridport. The class runs from 3.30pm.

Do you remember the Portland football teams?

Dorset Echo: Islanders Boys Club team

1:00pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

MORE Portland football photographs from John Way – does anyone remember playing in the teams, or going to watch them?

Finding out more about Bugle the badger

Dorset Echo: Bill Mayo with his pet badger

1:00pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

AFTER we published the photograph of Bill Mayo with his pet badger in last week’s Looking Back, we were contacted by two of his sons, James and Charles.

Lovely response to our piece on a gathering of guides

Dorset Echo: HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Weymouth Guides on the troop's 21st

1:00pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

THE photo of the 13th Weymouth Guides in Looking Back on February 11 brought in a lovely response.

Remembering island's railway

Dorset Echo: A wagon load of stone descending the Merchants Railway incline circa 1905, note the double flange on the wagon wheels

1:00pm Tuesday 25th February 2014

Author and transport expert and Looking Back regular Brian Jackson writes about Portland’s old Merchants Railway:

Portland cricket club in search for new volunteers

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

2:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

A cricket club in Portland is looking for players and volunteers in time for the new season.

Can you shed any light on Bill and his tame badger?

Dorset Echo: SWEET: Bill Mayo with his tame badger

3:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

The attached photo, sent in by reader Warren Davis, made our week.

Paying tribute to former Weymouth FC star Jeff Astle

Dorset Echo: DANGER OF FOOTBALL: Jeff Astle died of degenerative brain disease in 2002

3:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

FORMER Dorset Echo sports editor Brian Copp has written to us remembering Weymouth FC player Jeff Astle.

Remembering the storm of 1978 and the havoc it caused on Portland

Dorset Echo: CHAOS: A selection of pictures  sent in by David Groves showing the destruction caused by the 1978 storm on Portland

3:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

THINK the storms of last week were bad? Then take a look at these photographs sent in by Portland resident David Groves.

Beach Cross event cancelled due to storms

Dorset Echo: Spectacular quad bike event return to Weymouth beach

5:32pm Friday 14th February 2014

NEXT weekend’s quad bike extravaganza on Weymouth beach has been cancelled because of the bad weather.

Mules and horses of the Great War

Dorset Echo: GAS ALERT: Gas masks for soldier and horse during the First World War

3:00pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

Equine roles so vital in 1914-18 conflict WE continue our look at the First World War today, this time with a selection of photographs of the fighting soldiers’ best friends – horses, donkeys and mules.

Funds for youngster's life-changing operation still being sought

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

10:13am Monday 10th February 2014

MONEY is still needed for a Bosnian youngster’s life-changing operation.

UPDATED: Mayor apologises for calling off Portland precept meeting

Dorset Echo: GATHERING: Les Ames, far left, with residents and councillors outside All Saints Church this evening

2:38pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

PORTLANDERS will have to wait another week for a decision to be reached on the new town council precept after a council meeting this evening was cancelled due to the weather.

Putting names to footballers' faces

Dorset Echo: Portland Secondary School

3:00pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

REGULAR correspondent John Way has been in touch with a stash of old football photographs, three of which we’re reprinting here.

Fascination of ancients

Dorset Echo: Aine Collier

3:00pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

HISTORIAN and author Aine Collier is giving two talks on ancient Dorset in All Saints’ Church, Wyke Regis, over the coming weeks.

Great War memories from Keep archive

Dorset Echo: The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry in the Middle East, where one officer and 40 of their number from the 8th Company, 2nd Battalion were renamed the Imperial Camel Corps

3:00pm Tuesday 4th February 2014

HERE are four more First World War photographs from the archives at the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester.

From tracks to screen, Railway Man's life journey goes on display

Dorset Echo: Eric Lomax and his interrogator, interpreter Takashi Nagase, immortalised in the film The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth

3:00pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

THE recently-released film The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, is a dramatisation of the life of Eric Lomax who was an officer in the Royal Corps of Signals throughout the Second World War.

Legends of Broadwey

Dorset Echo: Upwey and Broadwey Football Club, 1948/9 Season. Back row from left: S Carter; S Masters; S Brown; P Scriven; C Ried; J Samways; E Carter; R Brooks; B Moore; F Strange; N Restorick. Front row: J Proctor; G Samways; L Smith; D Legg; R Jolliffe; A Cooper

3:00pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

THIS week we are taking a look at one of the Weymouth area’s longest-running and most successful football teams – Upwey and Broadwey FC.

The inside story on Victorian prisoners

Dorset Echo: Isaac Bealing

12:00pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

ON New Year’s Eve we featured an article about how the Victorian prison service turned to photography to catalogue felons and make people aware of them once they were released.

Kamikaze plane update

Dorset Echo: Secret programme: The Ohka 2 Kamikaze aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum and, inset, cherry blossom markings

12:00pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

MANY thanks to Mr Hopper who contacted us in response to last week’s story about the kamikaze plane at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

Can you name Dorset's Great War heroes?

Dorset Echo: GREAT WAR MEMORIES: Members of the Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry on their motorbikes

12:00pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

HERE are three more photographs of Dorset men fighting in the First World War from the archives of the Keep Museum in Dorchester.

Sixties revival - thanks to The Dukes of Cymru

Dorset Echo: Bob Watling, right,  with Martin Cochraine and Kim Fielding, as the Dukes of Cymru.

12:00pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

What do you remember about the early 60s?

All ready for kick-off - but who are they?

Dorset Echo: MATCH OF THEIR DAY: Upwey and Broadwey football team taken in the late 1950s, possibly 1957

1:00pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

THANKS go to Barry Kerslake of Bournemouth who submitted this photo of Upwey and Broadwey football team taken in the late 1950s, possibly 1957.

Fifties panto in Weymouth? Oh yes it is!

Dorset Echo: Fifties panto in Weymouth? Oh yes it is!

1:00pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

THE panto season might be over, but that’s no excuse for not publishing these two photos from Babes in the Wood, which was performed in the Alexandra Gardens, Weymouth in 1955/56.

Rebirth of the cherry blossom

Dorset Echo: DEVINE WIND: The Ohka 2 Kamikaze aircraft and, right, some of the markings which the museum needs help with translating

1:00pm Tuesday 7th January 2014

A RARE Japanese kamikaze aircraft, an Ohka 2, which has been hanging from the rafters of the Fleet Air Arm Museum for over 30 years, has been removed in preparation for a new display to commemorate the war in the Pacific.

Festive fun from days past

Dorset Echo: Festive fun from days past

12:00pm Tuesday 24th December 2013

IT WOULDN’T be a Christmas Eve Looking Back without a few festive photos to warm the cockles and this year we have selected a number of nativity play scenes from the west of the county.

Celebrating veteran football player and supporter Len Mahoney

Dorset Echo: HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Mayor Ray Banham, Rendezvous FC boss Phil Groves with Len Mahoney and the Len Mahoney trophy named after him.

2:00pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

HERE are some pictures to warm the cockles of Weymouth football fans everywhere.



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